NFL fines John­son, Fin­negan $25,000 for fight

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

HOUS­TON: An­dre John­son called NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell on Mon­day morn­ing, be­fore the league fined Hous­ton's star re­ceiver and Ten­nessee cor­ner­back Cort­land Fin­negan $25,000 each for their fight a day ear­lier. John­son did not speak with Good­ell, but left a mes­sage. John­son said that Good­ell called back and left a voice­mail while the Tex­ans were pre­par­ing to prac­tice on Mon­day night.

"I just think that was some­thing that I needed to do, just to com­mu­ni­cate with him and let him know my side," John­son said. "I'll give him a call back and when­ever we get a chance, we'll talk."

Nei­ther player was sus­pended af­ter they slugged it out in the fourth quar­ter of Hous­ton's 20-0 vic­tory.

Fin­negan set off the brawl by jab­bing at John­son's neck and face mask at the line of scrim­mage. John­son ripped off Fin­negan's hel­met and landed at least two punches to Fin­negan's head and neck. The two spun each other, and Fin­negan tore off John­son's hel­met be­fore play­ers and ref­er­ees in­ter­vened.

Hous­ton (5-6) plays at Philadel­phia ( 7-4) on Thurs­day night, and John­son said he was re­lieved to learn that he'd be al­lowed to play.

"That's some­thing I have been think­ing about ever since the in­ci­dent hap­pened," John­son said. "I'm happy that I'm not sus­pended. At the same time, I'm not happy about my ac­tions." When asked if he would ap­peal the fine, John­son said "prob­a­bly not." -Ap

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